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Kei Kamara Gets First Hat Trick On “special day”

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New England Revolution Striker Kei Kamara Gets First Hat Trick On “special day”

Revolution striker Kei Kamara’s 33rd birthday was on Friday. He celebrated a day later by scoring his first career hat trick in a decisive 4-0 win for the Revolution against Orlando City SC. “I’m 33. I think it just came at the right time.”Kamara said.”You know lucky threes, you’ve got to be at that age before you get that.”Kamara felt good about his and his team’s prospects before the game even started.”It was just one of those days, though. I just felt good from warm up. Not just me, I was scoring from the warm up, but the guys were [too]. Every ball was going in the back of the net and I was like, ‘Wow it just feels like a special day today.'”

Kamara felt motivation from the fans when he scored his third goal.”I’m not going to lie, I’ve played this game for awhile and to really be in that moment today, to get a hat trick there, scores those goals, it’s really special.”

During the night, Kamara surpassed 100 combined regular season and playoff goals which he was only made aware of recently.“To be honest with you I didn’t come into the season having that focus in my mind until one or two tweets went out and saying that I was close to 100. I had to go online myself to look it up.” Kamara joins a goal scoring club that includes current San Jose Earthquake Chris Wondolowski who Kamara used to play against in college. I’ve always just admired everything he’s been doing and I just wanted to be in the same club as him, but it doesn’t stop there. He’s at one hundred and thirty something, so I’ve got to play and catch up to him.”

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Head coach Jay Heaps felt good after a winless 2 game road trip. “I thought we had a good week of training.” Heaps said. “I know I’ve said that before, but it really was. It was a good week after a disappointing performance on the road. I thought we came in and really had some good dialogue. The players stepped up tonight. This is a good win, an important win, and a must needed win.”

In the 43rd minute, Lee Nguyen scored a goal that was eventually called back by the newly implemented video assistant referee. “Obviously, I’m a fan of VAR.” Heaps said. “I’ve said it. I believe that I would rather lose on the right call than win on the wrong call. But it’s a gut punch. I didn’t realize when they actually take away a goal that was that long and we celebrated and we got back to position. Then it was a really quick, oh, goal didn’t count, and we’re on to the next play. So, there’s not a lot of time to digest that.

The Revolution seemed effected by the reversal, almost letting up a goal before the end of the half. But, during halftime, Heaps was able to reignite the team.”We had a really good talk at halftime. Guys were really engaged. So, when we came out second half, I had a good feeling that we were going to secure the game.” Heaps also thought a turning point was the substitution for defensive midfielder Xavier Kouassi.”I thought the substitution of [Xavier] Kouassi going into the game, obviously, he was in the mix to start, took a pretty good knock last week, but was ready to go. So, it was a tough call not starting him, but man, he brought so much to that game. For me, he went in, we changed formations and he closed out that game. What a difference maker when he goes in.”

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New England Revolution Draw With San Antonio In Mobile Mini Sun Cup Match

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In their second match of the Mobile Mini Sun Cup match the New England Revolution eclipsed their second draw in as many games with a 3-3 draw with San Antonio FC.

Teal Bunbury had the hot foot in this one with a pair of first-half goals alongside an Antonio Delamea header that had the Revs tallying 3 first-half goals. Unfortunately for New England, their three first-half goals were the only ones they scored in the entire match.

“I think we’ve been focusing a lot on fitness and I think when it can pay off like that, I think it’s great” Bunbury said after the match.”, it’s huge, and it motivates us more to be able to pick those times when to press and when not to. When everybody’s bought into wanting to work for each other, and our fitness level is high enough, we’re going to be able to outwork a lot of teams.”

San Antonio entered the second half with a two-goal deficit but was able to quickly recover taking advantage of New Englands six man half-time substitution by scoring two goals in a three-minute span off the foot of Éver Guzmán.

“The second half gave away two sloppy goals, but it’s always nice when some of the players that come in, sort of like a Brandon, he came in and got 90 minutes, Scotty [Caldwell] another 90 minutes, Mark, who hasn’t played against professional teams very much at all, only a few games in his career, it’s nice for them to go two goals behind and then try to hang on and then get back on top. There was a lot of good to take from the first half, some bad and then some good from the second half. I think it was important, the minutes are always important and it’s always essential that we get no injuries.” said Head Coach Brad Friedel.

New England had Brandon Bye, Scott Caldwell, and Brad Knighton all playing the full 90 minutes and the match also saw the debut of Revolution Academy player Kevin Vang who joined the Revs on Friday.

The New England Revolution will play two more preseason games in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup before kicking of their regular season campaign on March 3rd at the Philadelphia Union. The Revs will return to action in Tuscon on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City and will then close out the tournament on Saturday against an opponent that has yet to be determined.

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New England Revolution Looking For eMLS Representative

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 The New England Revolution are on the lookout for the best EA Sports FIFA gamer in the City of Boston. The team is looking for an gamer to represent the club at the official eMLS Cup competition.

Major League Soccer and EA SPORTS debuted a new competitive gaming league for EA SPORTS FIFA 18. A total of 19 MLS clubs will recruit and sign representatives to participate in the inaugural eMLS Cup,

The event is set to take place April 5-8, 2018 during PAX East in Boston. The winner will earn the right to represent MLS in the FIFA eWorld Cup in August. 

 In preparation for the main event, the Revolutions tournament is set to take place on February 23 at the Microsoft Store in the Prudential Center. The top player from that event will represent the Revs in the eMLS cup.

For complete tournament details and to register for the tournament, fans may visit the club website here.

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Revolution Draw With FC Dallas In First Mobile Mini Sun Cup Match

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The New England Revolution opened up the first of four Mobile Mini Sun Cup matches in Tuscon Arizona with a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas on Wednesday.

New England had a strong second half effort with both of their goals coming in the second with Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez helping the Revs come back twice against Dallas.

“I don’t think we all want to concede first, but sometimes it happens that way. I think you saw form the team, we all stepped it up. We got a goal back and the game changed a little bit, and we kept attacking on them and we knew the game was going our way. But then the game is just one way and [then] another, but at the end, we got it done.” Fagundez said to the media after the game.

New England’s ability to come back was nice to see, but Head Coach Brad Friedel sees a lot of chances to improve.

“FC Dallas is ahead again in fitness, which is really good for us because we’ve played a lot of teams that have been a little bit ahead. They’ve got a [CONCACAF] Champions League game just around the corner, so that was good that we got to play them. I thought other than the first 10 minutes, which were a little slow for us, I was really happy with a lot of the chances we created. Really happy with the way that we were building out of the back. There was a lot more bravery, if you like, on the ball, and the players are starting to be used to the system.”

The Revolution will play three more preseason games in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup before kicking off the regular season at the Philadelphia Union on March 3. The club will return to action in Tucson on Saturday, Feb. 17 against San Antonio FC and will then play Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, Feb. 21, before closing out the tournament against an opponent to be determined on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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